Reports of women tricked into X-rated appearings has inspired authorities to confront the booming porn industry

When Kurumin Aroma was approached on Tokyo street four years ago and asked if she was interested in glamour modelling, she snooped an opportunity to realise her dream of becoming a Tv celebrity.

The talent scout had a proper business card and spoke very respectfully, so I thought he was someone I could trust, Aroma, who use an assumed name in public, told the Guardian.

But months later, the 26 -year-old became one of an alarming number of Japanese women who say they have been forced into appearing in pornographic films by unscrupulous, and unregulated, production companies.

Then in her final time at university, Aroma agreed to attend a follow-up interview, where the president of an entertainment production corporation presented her with a contract that indicated she would be required to remove her clothes for a photo shoot.

That was the first Id heard about nudity, she mentioned. I hollered, but felt under a lot pressure to say yes, so I agreed.

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Kurumin Aroma talks at a public event about her experience of being forced to appear in pornographic films. Photograph: Kurumin Aroma

Over the following months, the agency elevated the possibility of making a pornographic video, summoning her several times to the firms office for sessions. Faced with repeated requirements from as many as eight male staff, she eventually capitulated.

They told me I could stop at any time if I felt uncomfortable or if it hurt. But that wasnt true-life, she said.

A murdered of the report of the working about wives being offered modelling contracts, only to be tricked or compelled into appearing in X-rated films, was eventually prompted authorities in Japan to confront the darker side of its multibillion dollar porn industry.

Last year, the governmental forces launched its first survey of the industrys recruitment of vulnerable young women and found that 200 amongst the 20,000 surveyed had signed modelling contracts, with more than 50 afterward asked to pose nude or have sex on camera.

From January to November 2016, 148 wives sought help from Lighthouse, which supports victims of human trafficking, and People Against Pornography and Sexual Violence a dramatic rise from the 83 suits recorded for the whole of 2015 and just 29 the year before.

In one high-profile occurrence that resulted in the arrests of three talent scouts, one woman was forced to appear in more than 100 films after being told her family would be informed if she refused. Some victims say they were forced to have sex without protection, or were gang-raped.

In response, the Intellectual Property Promotion Association, which represents Japans adult film industry, promised to encourage producers to take action to quickly improve the situation and restore the soundness of the entire industry.

It added: The association deeply regrets that we had failed to take initiative( to deal with problem before ). We are very sorry.

Kazuko Ito, a lawyer and general secretary of Human Rights Now, greeted a recent police crackdown on street touts working for the porn and commercial sexuality industry, but said the industry had to be forced to change its ways.

The unbelievable thing is that production companies can act with impunity, Ito mentioned. There is no law against compelling women into appearing in porn films, and no government supervision of service industries. But this isnt just a legal issue, its a violation of human rights.

The Japanese porn industry is worth an estimated 500 billion yen( US $4.4 bn) in annual marketings, with as many as 20,000 names released each year. About a one-quarter of all films are aimed at older onlookers – a reflection of Japans rapidly ageing society.

Typically, women in their late teens and early 20 s, are approached on the street, told they have the lookings and charisma to succeed in the mainstream entertainment industry, and are rushed into signing contracts that attain oblique references to erotic substance, or none at all.

When the women object, producers threaten them with fines, sometimes running into millions of yen, or say they will tell their parents, pals or former colleagues abut their new career.

In some instances, women who attempt to fled the fixed of a film are caught, are restricted to hotel rooms or may be necessary to remote locations where flee is impossible. There is rarely any actual violence, Ito mentioned. But there are lots of other forms of pressure.

Now a YouTube personality with more than 15,000 customers, Aroma mentions “shes never” discussed her porn appearings with her parents and has been shunned by furious relatives.

For the whole hour I was involved in the porn film industry, my male handlers told me I belonged to them, she mentioned. I had no freedom and nowhere to turn of providing assistance. I was trapped.

Aroma succeeded in blocking DVDs sales of her two films, but several clips found their style online. It was only when she sought Itos help and met other victims that she felt able to speak out about her ordeal.

I was scared about going public, but by then I knew I wasnt alone, she mentioned. I was finally in control, and that was a great source of strength. At the time I felt responsible for what happened to me, so speaking out has helped me be recognised that I am not the guilty one.

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